Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Canadian Startup Awards

 

 

After six weeks of nominations and voting, the 2015 Canadian Startup Awards have arrived at their climax: the winners.

This year we received more than 43,000 votes, an increase from last year's awards.

We want to thank all of our readers—from the voters to the startups and the entrepreneurs and investors who power them—for making Canada's startup community so vibrant and innovative.

And now, the winners:

 

STARTUP of THE YEAR 2015

WINNER: Grow

Runners up: Breather, Clearpath Robotics

 

ENTREPRENEUR of THE YEAR 2015

WINNER: Mallorie Brodie & Lauren Lake, Cofounders, Bridgit

Runner up: Brennan McEachran, Co-founder & CEO, SoapBox Innovations

 

EMPLOYER of THE YEAR 2015

WINNER: EventMobi

Runners up: Lightspeed POS, Axonify


ANGEL of THE YEAR 2015

WINNER: Shafin Diamond Tejani

Runner up: Markus Frind

 

VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM of THE YEAR 2015

WINNER: Real Ventures

Runner up: OMERS Ventures

 

Company:
Real Ventures
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We look for inspiring entrepreneurs who exhibit unique insight and appreciation of their target market and industry. You can be first time or seasoned. If you have passion, vision and a big opportunity we want to work with you. We’ve had our successes and failures, so we should know what you’re going through and so we look for entrepreneurs who want our input and are open to this collaborative... more

Company:
EventMobi
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

EventMobi is the most popular event app platform for conferences and tradeshows worldwide. Create an app for your event in minutes, enhance attendee experience and increase sponsorship opportunities with an event app that works across all devices and even works without an internet connection. Comprehensive and cost-effective for small and large events, EventMobi makes mobile event apps simple. more

Company:
OMERS Ventures
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We're OMERS Ventures and we are as passionate about your success as you are about your company. We are looking for like-minded partners who have a shared vision of building a vibrant and successful Canadian knowledge economy. OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $53 billion in net assets. more

Company:
Clearpath
Location:
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Clearpath specializes in the design and manufacture of unmanned vehicle systems, software, and components for academic, industrial and military research and development. Our clients range from small local businesses to some of the best known technical institutions on the planet. Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Clearpath Robotics employs highly talented people who live and breathe robotics. We... more

Company:
Axonify
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

We are a Waterloo-based technology company that is revolutionizing the corporate learning game with Axonify - the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform. Combining an award-winning approach to microlearning, innovative knowledge-on-demand capabilities, and elements of gamification to drive engagement, Axonify is helping build more knowledgeable workforces who drive business results for big... more

Company:
Bridgit
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Bridgit is bringing the power and flexibility of mobile devices to the construction site. By improving communication between contractors through trackable, and tagged multimedia messages, Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site. Bridgit boasts the title of the only Canadian company building mobile tech to better connect onsite and offsite teams. more

Company:
Grow Financial
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Grow is the new generation of finance, leveraging the power of technology to give Canadians a better way to borrow -- one that is faster, easier, and more affordable than getting a loan from a bank or carrying a balance on a credit card. We are building modern banking using cutting-edge software and data science to reinvent lending. more

Company:
Breather
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Find a Breather near you Find and reserve Breather spaces by using our mobile app. You can book rooms for 30 minutes, a few hours, or an entire day. Unlock the door Check in with a simple tap on your phone and you'll receive a peronalized PIN code for your reservation. Not to worry; we'll only charge you for the length of your booking. Make yourself at home The space is yours for as long as you... more

Company:
Lightspeed POS
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We're more than just a high-tech point of sale. We provide retailers with a simple way to build, manage and grow their business, and create a best-in-class customer experience. Our end-to-end solutions unify inventory, customer management, sales and analytics across all channels, in-store and online. Our philosophy combines the tactile with the digital, the cutting-edge with the... more

Company:
SoapBox
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SoapBox provides easy to use software and services empowering organizations to generate real business value from employee ideas. SoapBox transforms how organizations achieve results by improving collaboration across typical organizational barriers that plague progress. It connects leaders and front-line employees, different functional teams and geographically distributed teams around feedback... more


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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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